ECMWF as the Entrusted Entity for the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) will issue a number of ITTs for establishing an Evaluation and Quality Control (EQC) function to ensure quality assurance of all C3S datasets and products. The EQC function will become the natural vehicle that will routinely monitor and assess the scientific and technical quality of the various components of the Service, identify gaps, trigger actions to improve the Service, including liaison with the Fitness-for-Purpose activity that the European Commission is putting in place. This monitoring and assessment will be facilitated by the development of good practices and standard procedures.
This particular ITT will be dedicated to the Evaluation and Quality Control of the content of the Climate Data Store that will be developed during the proof-of-concept and pre-operational stage of the Service. As for all other components of the Service, EQC will routinely assess the performance of the content of the CDS according to good practices and standard procedures. It will also ensure that the information from the CDS is fully traceable, adequately documented, and that sufficient attention has been given to assessment of uncertainties and user guidance.
The contract will be divided into 4 lots, each lot dedicated at providing quality assurance on specific datasets listed below:
Lot 1: Quality Assurance for Essential Climate Variable (ECV) products from model-based reanalyses
Lot 2: Quality Assurance for ECV products from observations
Lot 3: Quality Assurance for Multi-model seasonal forecast products
Lot 4: Quality Assurance for Multi-model climate projections (at global and regional level)
For each lot, the successful contractor will be expected to address the following items:
— clarification of user requirements: climate data and information products, access methods, tools, user guidance,
— climate data inventory: what is currently available that potentially meets user requirements,
— scientific assessments of climate datasets and gap analysis in view of user requirements,
— recommendations for further CDS development, including content, tools, technical performance,
— recommendations for EQC framework development, addressing methodology, procedures, Key Performance Indicators, etc.,
— contribution to the content of the User Requirement Data Base (URDB) and the User Requirements Analysis Document (URAD) that will be maintained by ECMWF.
This contract will be divided into four lots.
Estimated cost excluding VAT: 7 500 000 EUR
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